Penrith Youth Orchestra
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Penrith Youth Orchestra

PROFESSIONAL ORCHESTRAL TRAINING FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS IN THE HEART OF WESTERN SYDNEY

Join Penrith Youth Orchestra (PYO) and build your ensemble skills in a dynamic and supportive environment, led by tutors from Penrith Symphony Orchestra (PSO), Penrith Conservatorium of Music at Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and the world-renowned Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO).

PYO is designed to complement and extend advanced primary school and secondary school students’ individual lessons and practice, be it privately, at school or through the Penrith Conservatorium of Music. Successful applicants are given the unique opportunity to participate in rehearsals and workshops each term and build towards performances, in which students play alongside professional musicians under the guidance of PSO’s Artistic Director, Dr Paul Terracini. On occassion, the orchestra also performs in public concerts alongside Penrith Symphony Orchestra.


PYO ACADEMY WEEKEND

We are thrilled to announce our prestigious weekend intensive program, PYO Academy will return in Term 1, 2021! Delivered in partnership with the Australian Chamber Orchestra over the course of three days and led by renowned violinist Aiko Goto, students will be coached and mentored by ACO musicians. The weekend will culminate with the opportunity for students to play as part of a full Symphony Orchestra, as well as the String Ensemble or Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Ensemble. This is an invaluable chance for PYO participants to have in-depth experience, playing alongside the best of the best.

Key Offerings and Benefits

Access to expert mentoring by leading performers and musicians.

A family-friendly schedule that includes workshops that are typically held on three Sunday afternoons per term.

A warm, caring and supportive environment which has a collaborative and community and focusses on learning, not competition.

A locally based youth orchestra that is dedicated to the students of Western Sydney and its surrounds.

The strong partnership of three key organisations including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Penrith Conservatorium and Penrith Symphony Orchestra ensures a solid educaional, musical and administrative foundation.

Recommended Player Standards

No audition is required to join Penrith Youth Orchestra. Places are allocated according to performance standard and ensemble experience.

We encourage all applications, even if students are well above or slightly below the recommended minimum standard guidelines outlined below:

STRING PLAYERS

Violin: Grade 5 AMEB/Suzuki Book 5 (or equivalent) up to AMusA

Viola: Grade 3 AMEB/Suzuki Book 3 (or equivalent) up to AMusA

Cello: Grade 5 AMEB/Suzuki Book 4 (or equivalent) up to AMusA

Double Bass: Grade 3 AMEB/Suzuki Book 3 (or equivalent) up to AMusA

WIND, BRASS AND PERCUSSION PLAYERS

All Instruments: Grade 4 AMEB (or equivalent) up to AMusA

Key Details

What Is Included

Sectional tutorials/workshops on all rehearsal dates, with expert tuition from PSO and ACO professionals.

Orchestral performance opportunities.

Expert orchestral mentoring under the guidance of Penrith Symphony Orchestra’s Artistic Director, Dr Paul Terracini.

Music, which will be available at least three weeks before the start of each term’s project. Students are expected to familiar with the repertoire before the first rehearsal. Students are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances unless otherwise approved by the Penrith Youth Orchestra Administrator.

2021 Dates

To be considered for this program, all students must be able to commit to the term they are enrolled in, as well as the remaining terms in the year.

Please note, students can join PYO anytime. If there are vacancies we will enrol new students in the upcoming term.

The 2021 dates include:

TERM 1 (PYO ACADEMY WEEKEND)
Friday 5 March, Saturday 6 March and Sunday 7 March 2021

TERM 2
Sunday 30 May, Sunday 6 June and Sunday 13 June 2021

TERM 3
Sunday 8 August, Sunday 15 August and Sunday 22 August 2021

TERM 4
Sunday 14 November, Sunday 21 November and Sunday 28 November 2021

Click on the tile at the bottom of the page to download a printable calendar to put on your fridge or in your diary!

Student Fees

TERM 1 (PYO ACADEMY WEEKEND)
$150 per student
$100 for siblings participating concurrently

TERM 2 – TERM 4
$120 per student, per term
$90 for siblings participating concurrently, per term

Entry into the PYO is merit-based, not cost-based. Financial assistance for successful applicants is available if necessary. Please contact us to enquire confidentially or to apply for financial assistance.

CREATIVE KIDS VOUCHER

As a registered provider for the Creative Kids program, you can redeem your $100 voucher with us and let your child develop new skills. Vouchers can be redeemed in person or by calling Penrith Conservatorium Management on (02) 4723 7611. Enrol them in Penrith Youth Orchestra so they can create something great.

For more information regarding the Creative Kids program, or to learn more about the more than 40 government savings and rebates to help with your cost of living, visit service.nsw.gov.au


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MORE INFORMATION AND ENQUIRIES

For more information about Penrith Youth Orchestra, please contact Brian Kjim-Lauratet, PYO Coordinator on brian.kjim@penrith.city or (02) 4732 8686.

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